During the conference, the President of COP24 highlighted the exceptional involvement of the social side in the recent climate summit.
The events connected with the Social Pre_COP24 are an excellent starting point for a discussion not only about the current and future situation of the Polish energy sector, but also about the entire economy in the context of global and European climate policy - he said.
He also added taking such a great interest and getting actively involved in the activities for the protection of the natural environment and climate bodes well for the future.
Just Transition – one of the most important themes of COP24
Vice-Minister Kurtyka also underlined the significance of the social impact of measures aimed at curbing climate change, which were discussed during the COP24 Summit.
Thanks to Poland’s activity, the issue of just transition has become a mainstay in the mainstream climate policy debates. The impact of transition on workers has been a hot topic for the first time in the history of climate summits - he said.
The Declaration of Just Transition is the result of a debate with the social side, including trade unions. It postulates taking into account the social aspect of transition towards a low-carbon economy. To date, it has been supported by 55 countries and Parties (including the EU). The great interest in the declaration during the COP24 Summit confirms the popularity of the view that the success of efforts aimed at creating low-carbon economy depends – above all – on social acceptance for the upcoming changes.
COP24 Climate Summit
COP24 or the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place on the 2nd – 16th of December 2018 in Katowice. The event was attended by nearly 30,000 participants from all over the world.
During the COP24 Summit, the Parties adopted the Katowice Rulebook – a full package implementing the Paris Agreement. The Agreement is the first international agreement in history setting the world’s climate policy for the years to come, which compels all countries in the world to take action on climate protection.